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  • August 18, 2017

    How 5 Firms Are Building More Diverse Ranks

    Many are investing in recruitment and retention initiatives aimed at minorities, while at least one is finding that its hiring efforts naturally bring in diverse attorneys. Here’s a look inside a few of the firms that added 20 or more minority attorneys in 2016.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Top Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The racial makeup of BigLaw’s equity partnership has barely budged in recent years, but some law firms are making notable strides on diversity at the top. Here are the firms with the most racially diverse equity tiers, according to Law360’s Diversity Snapshot.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Best Firms For Minority Attorneys

    After years of diversity initiatives, the legal industry is still coming up short, but some law firms have made notable progress. Here, Law360 ranks the U.S. firms that are leaders in turning diversity goals into workforce realities.

  • August 18, 2017

    Racial Diversity Stagnating At US Law Firms

    The legal industry has again failed to make substantial progress on hiring and promoting minority attorneys, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, despite more minorities graduating from law school than ever before.

  • August 18, 2017

    Gardere Guides 3 Major Matters For REIT Ashford Hospitality

    Ashford Hospitality Trust recently completed a trio of high-profile deals — a buy, a sale and a refinancing — and Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP helped the real estate investment trust navigate a complex set of zoning, ground lease, condominium and timing issues in guiding the deals to the finish line.

  • August 18, 2017

    Fla. Taco Chain Owner Says Partners Tried To Cut Him Out

    A partner in Gringos Locos, a taco restaurant with multiple locations in Central Florida, has sued two business partners in Florida state court, accusing them of trying to wrongfully deprive him of his ownership interest as the company expands.

  • August 18, 2017

    Russian KFC Owner Can Be Taxed On Stock Sale: 3rd Circ.

    A Third Circuit panel on Friday largely affirmed a U.S. Tax Court decision that the primary shareholder in a company that owned most of Russia’s Pizza Huts and KFCs could be taxed on stock he bought from a minority shareholder, saying the primary shareholder must accept the "consequences of his business decisions."

  • August 18, 2017

    Comanche Sue DOI Over Chickasaw Trust Acquisition

    The Comanche Nation of Oklahoma sued the U.S. Department of the Interior on Thursday in a bid to void a recent trust acquisition for the benefit of the Chickasaw Nation, saying the government didn’t adhere to longstanding jurisdictional requirements for taking land into trust for tribes.

  • August 18, 2017

    EEOC Gets Quick Win In Bob Evans Pregnancy Bias Suit

    A Bob Evans restaurant discriminated against a pregnant server when it took her off its automatic scheduling system and cut her hours despite her desire to keep working, a Pennsylvania federal judge said Thursday in a rare partial summary judgment order for a plaintiff, here the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • August 18, 2017

    Feds, Tribe Ask 9th Circ. To Affirm Nix Of Casino Challenge

    The federal government and the Enterprise Rancheria told the Ninth Circuit that it should affirm a district court's rejection of a challenge to its casino brought by another tribe, saying that they had complied with all of the relevant environmental and socioeconomic reviews.

  • August 18, 2017

    Disability Rights Group Hits NJ McDonald's With ADA Suit

    The Independence Project, a nonprofit disability rights advocacy group, and a wheelchair user sued McDonald's Corp. on Thursday in New Jersey federal court for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law by erecting and maintaining architectural barriers at a New Jersey restaurant.

  • August 17, 2017

    Ill. B&B Must Still Pay Up For Refusing Same-Sex Couple

    An Illinois bed and breakfast is still on the hook for $82,000 in damages and fees related to its refusal to host a civil union ceremony for a same-sex couple in 2011, after a state appellate court on Wednesday declined to revive the business's appeal, citing missed deadlines by its attorney.

  • August 17, 2017

    Judge Embraces 'Gilligan's Island' In Cruise Ship TM Row

    Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a trademarked ship, that started with a dry-docked boat, and ended in a snit.

  • August 17, 2017

    Barbados Firm Looks To Revive Venezuela Tourism Arbitration

    A Barbadian fiduciary services firm that claimed to have suffered more than $200 million in losses after its investments in the Venezuelan tourism and hospitality industries were expropriated is looking to have its claim against the country revived, according to a Wednesday notice.

  • August 17, 2017

    Fla. Woman Charged With Embezzling $2.6M From Cruise Biz

    A finance employee of a Miami-based onboard retailer for cruise ships owned by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE was slapped with criminal charges in Florida federal court on Wednesday accusing her of a fraud scheme to steal more than $2.6 million from her company.

  • August 17, 2017

    Okla. Tribe Says 10th Circ. Ruling Backs Its Jurisdiction

    The Kialegee Tribal Town filed a lawsuit in D.C. federal court Thursday seeking a declaration that it shares jurisdiction over the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s lands, pointing to a recent Tenth Circuit decision to boost its claims.

  • August 17, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Brenda Earl, Ronny Finvarb, Eni

    Former Zweig-Dimenna partner Brenda Earl has reportedly listed a New York Hamptons estate for $175 million, Florida developer Ronny Finvarb is said to have dropped $19.2 million on a Citibank branch and plans to build a hotel there, and Italian energy company Eni is said to have renewed its lease for roughly 16,000 square feet in Manhattan.

  • August 17, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Travel Sites' Win In Cronos Patent Suit

    A Federal Circuit panel on Thursday affirmed a trial court’s ruling that Expedia Inc., Priceline.com Inc. and Travelocity.com LP did not infringe Cronos Technologies LLC’s patented online shopping cart system, saying the ruling correctly interpreted the meaning of certain key terms in the patent.

  • August 17, 2017

    Panera Investor Wants Appraisal Of $7.5B JAB Buyout

    A Panera Bread Co. investor asked the Delaware Chancery Court on Wednesday to appraise the fast-casual restaurant’s $7.5 billion buyout by consumer brands-focused investment firm JAB Holdings, after the now-closed deal dodged a flurry of shareholder suits last month.

  • August 17, 2017

    Texas Restaurant Asks 5th Circ. Not To Undo FLSA Verdict

    A Houston restaurant asked the Fifth Circuit to uphold a verdict freeing the eatery from Fair Labor Standards Act claims that waiters were required to share tips with its “coffeeman," arguing Wednesday that the workers never challenged the jury instructions in the lower court.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.

  • A South Florida Victory For Condominium Hotels

    Laurence Litow

    In Dear v. Q Club, a jury in the Southern District of Florida returned a verdict in favor of Q Club, finding that the hotel owner was right to increase its annual maintenance costs. This verdict is important to the condominium hotel industry, as many owners are not collecting an adequate amount of the shared costs at their properties, say Larry Litow of Burr & Forman LLP and Barry Mukamal of KapilaMukamal.

  • Waffle House Arbitration Ruling May Reach Past 11th Circ.

    Neal Ross Marder

    The impact of the Eleventh Circuit's recent decision in Jones v. Waffle House may be far-reaching, as it has significantly widened the circuit split over the "wholly groundless" exception to arbitrability clauses, and has added persuasive authority that could sway undecided circuits to join in rejecting that exception, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • Trump's Cuba Policy May Have A Chilling Effect On Travel

    Jose Aquino

    President Donald Trump's new Cuba policy, as announced, presents an impediment to the expansion of U.S.-Cuban business ties, and the uncertainty of what's to come will likely have a detrimental effect on new investment and future travel. However, Trump is also cognizant of the opportunities and mutual benefits of continued engagement, says Jose Aquino of Duane Morris LLP.

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 2

    Max Kennerly

    Proportionality is often a question of whether discovery production has reached a point of diminishing returns, and about the marginal utility of additional discovery once the core discovery in the case has been completed. In other words, proportionality is a method to avoid going in circles or getting sidetracked, not an excuse for cutting corners, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 1

    Max Kennerly

    In December 2015, the parts of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning proportionality in discovery were amended. The amendments changed the language defining the scope of relevance, but substantively, this remains the same as it has been for nearly 40 years, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.